Esk Valley / 2020 Albarino - 6 x 75cl.

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Esk Valley / 2020 Albarino

COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Hawkes Bay.

GRAPES: 100% Albariño.

ABV: 14%

This is a very rich and full bodied wine. The aromatics and intensity of flavour are rare, showcasing the peach and tropical fruit flavours the variety is renowned. A portion of barrel fermentation has added richness and complexity to this delicious wine.

VINEYARDS: This is a single vineyard wine from the Two Terraces Vineyard. As the name suggests the vineyard stretches over two gravelly river terraces formed by the Ngaruroro River at Marekakaho. This is a very warm and dry site, with cool nights which helps with the retention of acidity.

VINTAGE: This was a winemaker’s dream harvest. Good sized crops were ripened under blue skies, allowing us to pick at our leisure. Not only that but it was a very early harvest which proved helpful as the pandemic cast its shadow over Hawkes Bay. Unusually for a drought plagued harvest all varieties seemed to prosper. When I think back to the legendary dry 1998 harvest, arguably the greatest red wine harvest of my thirty plus year career, it is easy to forget that the white varieties struggled in the heat, most lacking acidity and vibrancy. Not so this year, for while the days were warm and dry, the nights were cool enough for the vines to rest, retaining acidity in the fruit and bringing a rare freshness to the wines.

WINEMAKING: As this was the first crop off young vines the yields were very light. The fruit was hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and fermented in both 600 litre demi muid and small tanks. Wild yeast was utilized for fermentation and the wine was left on its lees with regular stirring till blending and bottling. 200 cases only were bottled.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.